After weeks as an Apple exclusive, Frank Ocean's latest album, Blonde, is finally available to be streamed on Spotify.
The highly-acclaimed album boasts an insane lineup of guest features with contributions from André 3000, Beyoncé, James Blake, Jazmine Sullivan, David Bowie, and many more with a wide range of people handling the production including from Frank Ocean himself, as well as Pharrell Williams, Tyler, The Creator, Jamie xx, and Rostam Batmanglij.
The Spotify tracklist matches the online version of Blonde that was featured on Apple Music. Interestingly enough, the album has been available for streaming on Pandora since August, but it is still not available on Tidal.
Frank's release strategy for the album restarted the very large debate surrounding streaming exclusives, and whether or not they are good for business. Spotify has gone on record noting that exclusives are bad for everybody, because they force users to pay for multiple services, who most likely end up stealing the music illegally instead. Days before the release of Blonde, Frank dropped his visual album, Endless, exclusively through Apple Music, which was also reportedly his last album he would be releasing through his label Def Jam. Immediately, the CEO of Def Jam's parent company, Universal Music Group, notified the company they will no longer be doing exclusive deals of any kind. Blonde was then released independently.
Spotify did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment, but you can stream Blonde on Spotify below and read-up on why the album cements Frank Ocean as today's most evocative and daring male R&B singer right here.